Shiro Kamo R2/SG2 Kurosome Damascus 180mm Santoku
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This handcrafted Kurosome Damascus Santoku by Master Shiro Kamo is hand-forged with R2/SG2 core steel, with a unique black-etched Damascus cladding. The amazing edge geometry, and superb thinness behind-the-edge supported by excellently heat-treated SG2 steel, ensures a smooth and wonderful cutting performance. The grinding and finish are superior, with everything including the choil beautifully polished. Choice of wenge handle or premium ebony triple-ginmaki handle.
- Origin (Made in): Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
- Craftsman: Mr. Shiro Kamo
- Brand: Kamotou Hamono
- Knife Type: Santoku
- Construction: San Mai
- Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
- Hagane (Core Steel): R2/SG2
- Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel
- Hardness: 62-63 HRC
- Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
- Blade Finishes:
- Kurosome (Black Etched)
- Blade Length: 180mm (7.1")
- Blade Height (at heel): 46mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 2.4mm
- Middle: 1.7mm
- Premium Custom Handle
- Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
- Material: Wenge / Ebony
- Kuchiwa / Tsukajiri: Black Buffalo Horn
- Ginmaki: Nickel Copper (x3)
- Length: 128mm
- Overall Length: 320mm
- Wenge: 123g (4.34oz)
- Ebony: 158g (5.57oz)
- Hand chiselled mark: In Japanese Kanji "Kamotou" (加茂藤)
About Kamotou Hamono 加茂藤刃物
Master Shiro Kamo is the third generation blacksmith of Kamotou Hamono, a small artisan knife workshop based in Takefu City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. He started helping his father in the workshop when he was a small kid and started making knives at the age of 25. He was certified as a traditional craftsman at the age of 45. And for decades, Mr. Kamo perfected forging techniques that make knives easier to sharpen while maintaining superior edge retention capabilities. Now in his 60s, he works on preserving and passing down the traditional crafting methods to his disciples (the youngest being 19 years old) at Kamotou Hamono.
Wash and dry with a soft sponge, and safely store after use. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.
Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.
We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.
I had, for some time, been considering replacing my 40+ year old MSC No. 2000 Santoku that has developed some pitting over the last decade. I made the plunge and purchased the Shiro Kamo R2/SG2 Kurosome Damascus 180mm Santoku. It is much lighter and easier to control than my MSC. It is also lighter and more controllable than our Shun santokus. The Shuns never surpassed my MSC for thinness, comfort, and agility, but the Shiro Kamo sure has. Nice job finding this and bringing it to the US market! This knife will clearly outlast me and go to a niece or nephew sometime in the future.